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STATESMAN OPINION: SOULS MUST NOT BE LOST IN GALAMSEY FIGHT

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We consider it very unfortunate the reported death of an illegal small scale miner in the Ashanti region, as a result of the alleged clash with the anti-galamsey task force, made of the military and the police.

We consider it very unfortunate the reported death of an illegal small scale miner in the Ashanti region, as a result of the alleged clash with the anti-galamsey task force, made of the military and the police.

 

We are therefore urging all those still involved in the illegal act to respect the laws of the land to avoid any further clashes with the task force, which could lead to disastrous consequences. 

The fight against galamsey, which has the support of majority of Ghanaians, must be won, but we want to urge the task force to go about their duties in a more professional manner and try as much as possible to avert what the nation would not want to hear.

We at the Daily Statesman also want to urge individuals still engaged in the illegal mining activities to put a stop to it because once the Akufo-Addo is bent on getting rid of galamsey, and knowing the president to be a man of his words, nothing will stop him and the government.

We admit that most of these illegal miners rely on the trade as a means to survive, but we cannot watch remain unconcerned whilst the very environment which was bequeathed to us by our forefathers is destroyed by our generation.

The excuse that people turn to this illegal activities to fend for themselves because they are not employed is simply untenable and must not be tolerated again. This is because we cannot trade the sustenance of our resources and environment for money that will be consumed today at the expense of the future.

We had thought the unfortunate trapping of about 15 illegal miners at Petriensa in the Ashanti region, which led to more than 5 people losing their lives, would have served as a lesson to those still engaged in galamsey.

But it looks like some individuals are not ready to comply with the directives from the government and have resolved to still go on with the galamsey, a situation likely to result in confrontation between these individuals and the task force.

This is what we want to avoid and therefore call on those who appear adamant and bent on destroying the environment to end their illegal activities and take advantage of the job opportunities that being created by the Akufo-Addo government.

We wish the sector minister and the government well in their endeavour to deal with the galamsey issue. We are behind the fight and will do everything possible to name, shame and call for the prosecution of the wayward miners.

The environment is not just for us, but also for generations yet unborn, and the greatest harm we can do to them is to destroy it.

Let us all reason with the Akufo-Addo government and rally behind it to end the galamsey fight once and for all, while ensuring that no soul is lost in the process.